Gabrielle Union Received Backlash Following Daughter Kaavia’s Birth

The nerve of some folks! Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade opened up to Oprah about their journey to become parents of their precious new addition, Kaavia James. Be sure to tune in to Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby Dec. 8 on OWN.

“You’re finally a mother at 46,” Oprah says to the glowing mom.

Gabby has shared her struggle with infertility and wanted more than anything in the world to become a mother. Kaavia is the first child for Union, while Wade, 36, is dad to sons Xavier Zechariah, 5, Zion Malachi Airamis, 11, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 16. He also raises nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.

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The pair, who wed in August 2014, also went on to reveal that after sharing their happy news, they were met with backlash from people who questioned why the couple chose to make the announcement alongside photos of Union resting in a hospital bed with her husband.

“Everyone started talking about why she acting like she just had a baby,” Wade shares.

“You want to explain that?” Oprah asked Union, whose face was filled with emotion.

“I’m already getting choked up. It’s still hard to let go,” the actress added in the clip, in reference to the fact that she wasn’t able to carry the child herself.

The mother of one previously opened up about her struggles with infertility in her 2017 memoir We’re Going to Need More Wine, revealing she “had eight or nine miscarriages.”

“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle,” wrote Union, who also revealed she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a type of endometriosis that only occurs in the uterus.

The interview will air on Winfrey’s SuperSoul Sunday and will stream on her Facebook page at 11 a.m. ET/PT. In addition, the interview will be available on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast beginning Dec. 10 with part two available on Dec. 12.

Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby will air on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.


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